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Nashville Zoo

3777 Nolensville Pike
615-833-1534

About Us:

In 1964, sisters Margaret and Elise Croft donated the Grassmere property to the Children's Museum of Nashville (Adventure Science Center). After the last sister's death in 1985, the Children's Museum began to develop about 40 of the property's 200 acres, which in 1990, became Grassmere Wildlife Park. That same year, Nashville Zoo opened its doors in Joelton, Tennessee. Seven short years later, Grassmere Wildlife Park closed its doors because of low attendance, and Nashville Zoo was given the option by Mayor Phil Bredesen to develop a "new" zoo for Nashville on the Grassmere property.

Although Nashville Zoo was successful in Joelton, seeing approximately 300,000 visitors per year and exhibiting about 300 animals from around the globe, the relocation to Grassmere would provide over 100 acres more exhibit space. The unique opportunity of building a new zoo, which would also be more convenient to the community, was another driving force behind the relocation.

Since the move to Grassmere in 1996, Nashville Zoo has created many new exhibits, hosted exciting community events and designed a variety of children's programs. Our Jungle Gym playground is the largest community-built playground in the United States and includes over 66,000 square feet for sliding, swinging, climbing, crawling and exploring. From African elephants to Bengal tigers and red pandas, Nashville Zoo provides a home to animals found all over the world. These beautiful creatures can be found in equally beautiful habitats like the new Giraffe Savannah, Alligator Cove, Red River Hog Habitat and many more. Other exciting additions include the Wild Animal Carousel and an interactive Lorikeet Landing exhibit where you can enter an aviary and be surrounded by more than 50 Australian parrots. The Grassmere Historic House and Farm still stand, providing a glimpse into farm life during the 1880s.



Reviews

Steve Engle

Rating:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Had a great time with my family at the zoo! For six of us the total cost was $104 (5 adults, 1 child, and parking). They allow you to bring in your own food and drinks as well if you want. The layout of the walkways is very good and much of the walking/viewing areas are shaded which is nice on hot days. There are also some indoor exhibits which are air conditioned. The animals were great with new exhibits being made. As you might expect, there is a fair amount of walking so comfortable shoes are recommended. There are also places to eat in the zoo but they are a bit pricey in my opinion. Check out the zoo's website for more.

kaneshiro h

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
We really enjoyed our visit to the zoo. While it's not the largest, it certainly isn't the smallest we've seen. It's very clean and amenities are well placed. You can bring your own food/drinks (with some rules) and they had filling stations for water bottles which was great. Our visit here was about three hours long. This included some time for lunch and we left feeling satisfied that we had spent time with each exhibit. Some things you may not see here would be a variety of big cats or large birds of prey. It's not a bad thing when you realize how much space is required for these types of animals. The Nashville Zoo has a lot of open exhibits instead of "caged pens" which was a welcome sight.

Humam Constantine

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Fantastic. Very well designed. Good, new exhibits. Exotic selection of creatures! All the animals look healthy and happy. You can see them very close too. Some, you are even allowed to touch, like the kangaroos! Habitats are clean, as are the pathways and cafeteria. Lots of shade, which makes it comfortable even in the middle of summer. Great for adults and children.

Jin Yoshikawa

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Fantastic. Very well designed. Good, new exhibits. Exotic selection of creatures! All the animals look healthy and happy. You can see them very close too. Some, you are even allowed to touch, like the kangaroos! Habitats are clean, as are the pathways and cafeteria. Lots of shade, which makes it comfortable even in the middle of summer. Great for adults and children.

brooke yoder

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
We love this zoo and are season pass holders. It only takes a couple hours to go through and see everything. Make sure to go early if you want to see the kangaroos or Andean bear active. We’ve gone many times and it’s always clean, the workers are so kind and my son loves their playground. They have a petting zoo area, adventure stations and rides (the rides cost additional). Lastly, the zoo has a lot of fun activities like Moana visiting, movie nights, and camping overnight. It’s always a great visit and if you’re local, worth buying the membership!

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